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Best of the Web Awards March 13, 2012 Hyatt Regency Rochester Sponsoring organization: Rochester Business Journal Health Care Achievement Awards March 29, 2012 Hyatt Regency Rochester Sponsoring organization: Rochester Business Journal Financial Executive of the Year May 22, 2012 Hyatt ...

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Woman-Owned Businesses

The survey contacted women-owned businesses in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties;ranked by number of local full-time employees.

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Athena Awards letter

It is with great pride that the Rochester Business Alliance and the Women’s Council present our 26th annual Athena Award finalists. Each woman represents leadership at its best, and our community is enriched by their presence and service.   We ...

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Athena Award Recipients

2011 Kitty Van Bortel Van Bortel Ford, Van Bortel Subaru and Van Bortel Used Car Center 2010 Jennifer Leonard Rochester Area Community Foundation 2009 Holly Hillberg Then at Carestream Health Inc. 2008 Ruth Lawrence M.D. University of Rochester Medical Center ...

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Voices of experience: Focus on the big picture

Carolyn Portanova wishes she had been a more serious student as an undergraduate at Penn State University.   "I was a good student, but I don’t think I took my studies seriously enough," says the recently retired president and CEO ...

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Trailblazers continue to inspire, wield influence

As more women step into leadership roles, trailblazers of yore and leaders of today continue to wield influence and offer inspiration as role models.   "I tried to be a better and wiser person, learning from past mistakes and past ...

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Voices of experience: Focus on the big picture

Carolyn Portanova wishes she had been a more serious student as an undergraduate at Penn State University.   "I was a good student, but I don’t think I took my studies seriously enough," says the recently retired president and CEO ...

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Public realm accepts, embraces female leadership

When Brighton Supervisor Sandra Frankel first ran for the position in 1991, no woman had ever been supervisor in the town’s 177-year history.   "When I first ran for town supervisor, going door to door, talking to residents, a question ...

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Young Women of Distinction continues to cultivate leaders

Nurturing and supporting young women in the Greater Rochester area who aspire to become our future leaders has been one of the Women’s Council’s longstanding missions, and in 2000 the Young Women of Distinction Award was introduced. Embodying the philosophical ...

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Athena Awards: Glass artist creates gifts for finalists

Each Athena finalist receives a signature art piece that has been designed and created by glass artist Nancy Gong specifically for this award. Nancy has received worldwide acclaim for her architectural art glass designs and is perhaps most often recognized ...

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2012 Athena Awards finalists

Kimberlie Ann Barrett President/broker/owner Magellan Inc. Real Estate and Relocation Education: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology Family: Husband, Anthony Meleo; two sons, 35 and 19; two daughters, 26 and 21 Professional and community leadership: Managing member, Eastman Management Limited Liability ...

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Athena Awards: Women’s Council Board

BOARD OFFICERS   President and Athena Chairwoman Linda Hall, Wakefield Way Consulting Immediate Past President Cynthia Gray, RIT/RGHS Alliance Vice President Lorisa LaRocca, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP Treasurer Shelly Marketell, Consultant Secretary Terri Zbick, Lee Hecht Harrison BOARD OF DIRECTORS ...

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Honoring excellence in female leadership

Introduced to Rochester in 1987 by the Women’s Council, an affiliate organization of the Rochester Business Alliance, the Athena Award recognizes local businesswomen who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen fields, ...

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Playing in politics to strengthen community

When Melisza Campos was growing up, her mother told her she had the right heart and the right mind for politics. Years later, Campos would find herself following her mother’s advice and running for a position on the Rochester school ...

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Lessons learned on the job get a thumbs-up

Jason Wood was ready to conquer the world when he was done with college. But he still had more to learn.   "When I got into the workforce, I realized my professors did not teach me all the skills I ...

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